31. Council garage/lock-up sites to be released for social housing sites
Far too many council garage sites are used for lock-ups and should be removed (replaced by central facilities either run by local businesses or by a specially established social enterprise). This would release these sites, adjacent to and in many cases in the centre of already established housing areas, for a mix of social housing, including affordable, social rented, shared equity, etc.
Every council should be undertaking an asset management assessment of these sites, where they exist, or indeed other parcels of land that would help to solve Scotland’s terrible housing shortage.
32. Establish a Healthy Towns Initiative through a Town Centre Regeneration Fund II
33. All civic representative bodies to share an office base near Holyrood at affordable renting rates.
34. Fund GARL with M8 and/or M74 motorway tolls
35. National Newspapers to have PSO to cover national, regional and local government
36. Introduce a sequential test for office developments along the lines of that in place for large retail applications.
This would secure existing usage and drive new footfall into our town centres
37. Initiate a loft and garage (and perhaps basement) conversion scheme to increase building density.
38. Establish a Senate of the Leaders for Stirling.
39. Develop stronger links at each level between the Court Service and the rest of the public service family.
40. Divert a percentage of the TV license fee to the arts community.